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Eric Prenowitz

Bio: Eric Prenowitz is an academic researcher. The author has contributed to research in topics: Portrait & Humanity. The author has an hindex of 2, co-authored 5 publications receiving 155 citations.
Topics: Portrait, Humanity

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25 Jun 1997
TL;DR: The Rootprints collection as discussed by the authors is an excellent introduction to Cixous's theory and her fiction, tracing her development as a writer and intellectual whose remarkable prespicacity and electrifying poetic force are known world-wide.
Abstract: Helene Cixous is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and innovative contemporary thinkers. Published here in English for the first time Helene Cixous, Rootprints is an ideal introduction to Cixous's theory and her fiction, tracing her development as a writer and intellectual whose remarkable prespicacity and electrifying poetic force are known world-wide. Unprecedented in its form and content this collection breaks new ground in the theory and practice of auto/biography. Cixous's creative reflections on the past provide occasion for scintillating forays into the future. The text includes: * an extended interview between Cixous and Calle-Gruber, exploring Cixous's creative and intellectual processes * a revealing collection of photographs taken from Cixous's family album, set against a poetic reflection by the author * selections from Cixous's private notebooks * a contribution by Jacques Derrida * original 'thing-pieces' by Calle-Gruber.

143 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, a letter addressed to Zohra Drif in Algeria has been written, but it is held back by a blank letter that does not leave, and it stays with me, unwritten, patient.
Abstract: I have not written this letter. It is still there. Speechless, present, shy, it is my letter to Zohra Drif It stays with me, unwritten, patient. I have a blank letter that does not leave. It is addressed To Zohra Drif But it is held back. This letter has its reasons. For not writing itself. For not vanishing. It has been addressing Zohra Drif in Algeria on my behalf for decades. What halts it just before the paper and suspends it between my shores, my countries, is a long story. The loss of words I never had. It all began in January 1957. When I wanted to write my letter to Zohra Drif. Such an impulse broke out in me. I was reading in the Paris newspapers what was happening in Algeria. The birth war raged. The war I had despaired of, and which had bloomed at last on the day of my despair, in November 1954, the great quake of time, the shackled country had finally broken its fetters, and it shook the pillars of the metropolitan temple at last! The day before, I had left, I had fled this earth in pain that I could neither caress nor help nor call my mother without offending it. I arrive in France, a foreign distinguished elegant country. I arrive in France, I thought. There I am not. I can't get my footing. This country is not my country I am savage, a bit furious, alarmed, overwhelmed to the point of being crushed by its constructions and its customs, I can't manage to arrive. I go nuts, I goat and ram. I stumble on the carpets of the bourgeois buildings I who went barefoot yesterday. But no nostalgia, I had not been at home behind the fences of my native cradle. From Algeria my love my terror I am liberated by the Algeria that is being born. She frees herself. It is this combat-which I had despaired ofthat liberates me at last: I can go my way without the dread, the shame of powerless anger following me, and without remorse. My childhood grief at having been fated to a thankless birth in spite of myself stops persecuting me. Africa gives me my first departure. Algeria freeing itself frees me of the sins I did not commit and which had been deposited as a poisoned gift in my cradle. I who had been born under the guise of French citizenship, a frail semblance dating nonetheless, on the side of my father, an Algerian Jew with Spanish ancestors, to 1867, and which was broken overnight by the antiJewish laws of Vichy. In Le Monolinguisme de l'autre, Jacques Derrida has described this maneuver, unique in history, of the French State subjugated to Hitler, which made us, we who were "French" but Jewish, in October 1940 and for two years, we who were born "French," into passport-less, law-less, shelter-less, identity-less, school-less, profession-less people. The sea alone, our good sea mother, protected us from the deportation that took those like us captured in France. We fell outside inside. The outside became my inside. I have never left it since. My German Jewish grandmother with all our German-speaking family had just lived through the same annulment. How could I have been able to believe that we were "French," or want to be when we were recitizenized after 1943, puppets of the whims of a State that established its authority on a colonial Empire the jewel of which was North Africa. I was three years old when I was driven out of the true garden into which I had just been admitted as the daughter of an officer doctor of the French army, and which had never been open to the "natives." In October 1939 my father Doctor Cixous was lieutenant doctor in the French army, on the Tunisian front. In October 1940 the little girl that I was saw him unscrew his doctor's plaque from the door of our house: he was no longer French or doctor. Jew. Gates as high as the sky, invisible and mobile ones, used to encircle my childhoods. I was always separated from my true kin as from myself. Undecidable but decided and condemned by an iniquitous State to be one or another of the things I wasn't. I survived between the bars. …

8 citations

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07 Jul 2011

1 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors describe the work of their recently published book, Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Viewing Data Across Multiple Perspectives, and show how they use theory to think with their data (and use data to Think with theory) in order to accomplish a reading of data that is both within and against interpretivism.
Abstract: In this article, the authors describe the work of their recently published book, Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Viewing Data Across Multiple Perspectives. The purpose of this article is to show how they use theory to think with their data (and use data to think with theory) in order to accomplish a reading of data that is both within and against interpretivism. The authors put to use a concept picked up from Deleuze and Guattari to capture their thinking with theory in qualitative research: “plugging in.” They engage “plugging in” as a machinic process that works against conventional coding in qualitative data interpretation and analysis by explaining and enacting the methodological maneuvers taken up in their thinking with theory. The authors conclude that “plugging in” positions both data and theory as machines and reveals both their supple substance and their machinic potential to interrupt and transform other machines, other data, and other knowledge projects.

308 citations

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31 May 2006
TL;DR: In this paper, an einfuhrender Uberblick in der zentrale Charakteristika eines hermeneutischen Ansatzes gegeben.
Abstract: Hermeneutik bietet ein breites Repertoire insbesondere fur diejenigen, die sich fur qualitative Forschung interessieren und textuelle oder interpretative Untersuchungen durchfuhren. Zugleich erachten viele nordamerikanische Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler Texte uber Hermeneutik oft als schwer lesbar, dies vor allem, wenn sie mit der kontinentalen philosophischen Tradition nicht oder nur wenig vertraut sind. In diesem Beitrag wird – Bezug nehmend auf Hans Georg GADAMER und andere hermeneutische Denker – ein einfuhrender Uberblick uber funf zentrale Charakteristika eines hermeneutischen Ansatzes gegeben. Dabei wird zu zeigen versucht, dass Hermeneutik gut mit einem kritischen Ansatz vereinbar ist, und eine Konzeptualisierung einer kritischen Hermeneutik wird vorgeschlagen, denn beide, Hermeneutik und kritische Hermeneutik, betonen den interpretativen Akt des Verstehens und sind fur qualitative Forschung essentiell. Zum weiteren Dialog und Austausch uber diesen Vorschlag wird eingeladen. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0603190

252 citations

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TL;DR: The authors suggest that it is not helpful to assist researchers in learning how to write down their reflections or "how to write up" their results, and instead, what should be more helpful is to learn how to learn to be attentive to other voices, to subtle significations in the way things and others speak to us.
Abstract: Have you ever said this or heard someone say this: "I have done all of my data analysis--I just have to write it down." Or, "I just have to write it up"? I will suggest that within the context of phenomenological inquiry, it is not necessarily helpful to try to assist researchers learning "how to write down" their reflections or "how to write up" their results. What should be more helpful is learning "how to write." Qualitative writing may be seen as an active struggle for understanding and recognition of the lived meanings of the lifeworld, and this writing also possesses passive and receptive rhetoric dimensions. It requires that we be attentive to other voices, to subtle significations in the way that things and others speak to us. In part, this is achieved through contact with the words of others. These words need to touch us, guide us, stir us.

208 citations

01 Jan 2015
Abstract: In this article, the authors examine the concept and practices of subjectification; that is, the processes through which we are subjected, and actively take up as our own the terms of our subjection. They use Judith Butler's theorising of subjection both as a starting point for working with their own memories of being subjected in school settings, and as the theoretical basis of their analysis of subjectification. Their method of working, which they refer to as collective biography, is derived from Haug et al. 's methods developed in Female Sexualization . Their memories focus on aspects of the achievement of the individual, appropriate(d) schoolgirl subject who simultaneously constitutes herself and is constituted through discourse. They analyse the illusion of autonomy through which modern subjects are made possible, and the inevitable ambivalence that is experienced as schoolgirls take themselves up appropriately within the possibilities made available to them. Through re-membering their own pasts, and the embodied and emotional detail through which we became (and go on becoming) subjects, they open up for inspection the contradictory ground of the humanist subject, and in particular the feminine humanist subject, as it is achieved in educational settings.

182 citations

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Abstract: In this article, the authors examine the concept and practices of subjectification; that is, the processes through which we are subjected, and actively take up as our own the terms of our subjection. They use Judith Butler's theorising of subjection both as a starting point for working with their own memories of being subjected in school settings, and as the theoretical basis of their analysis of subjectification. Their method of working, which they refer to as collective biography, is derived from Haug et al. 's methods developed in Female Sexualization . Their memories focus on aspects of the achievement of the individual, appropriate(d) schoolgirl subject who simultaneously constitutes herself and is constituted through discourse. They analyse the illusion of autonomy through which modern subjects are made possible, and the inevitable ambivalence that is experienced as schoolgirls take themselves up appropriately within the possibilities made available to them. Through re-membering their own pasts, and...

169 citations